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The Game

A Sports Romantic Comedy, Carolina Connections, Book 4
Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
Series: Carolina Connections, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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They say opposites attract. Someone needs to tell that to Emerson Scott.

Gavin

All I ever wanted was to play ball. When an act of sheer stupidity took that dream away, I thought I’d never bounce back. But now, I have the opportunity to coach an up-and-coming phenom, and I'm giving it all I've got. The fact that I've been lusting after his smoking-hot sister only sweetens the deal. Emerson may be buttoned up like a school librarian, but I play my best when I’m under pressure...and I always bring the heat.

Emerson

Never lose focus. Never lose control. Those are the first two rules in my carefully calculated plan for success. Finding myself thrown into the role of guardian for my little brother was not part of that plan. But I can adjust for Jay’s sake. I’m not about to let one change make me lose sight of my goals. Too bad Jay’s hot young baseball coach doesn’t seem to give a fig about my plans. He has one of his own - and it includes me. Gavin Monroe may play like a pro, but that boy will never win this game.

©2018 Sylvie Stewart (P)2019 Sylvie Stewart

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All grown up and ready to play

I have absolutly loved this series and this book is no exception. Gavin has matured a lot since we first met him in book 1. He has started to act like a grown up, and falls head over heels for a slightly older woman. He does not give up easily when she is hesitant, and their strong attraction is undeniable from the start. She's totally a match for him every step of the way. She is strong, independent, capable and fierce, I also love her relationship with BFF Ari.

It's so sweet to get his HEA and I had a great time listening, both lauging and swooning. Sylvie Stewart knows how to give you a good time. Loved the narrator as well.

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Home run!

The gangs all back! Another home run hit by Sylvie Stewart. I love witnessing Gavin grow up and put on his adulting undies after his life plans were annihilated. I appreciated Emerson’s dilemma with dating a younger man, as this is still taboo in our society. But as always love conquers all!

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A Sports Romantic Comedy!

This is a sweet, fun, and sexy Sports Romantic Comedy. Emmy and Gavin are opposites attract, but they are great together. The story has some slow parts. It was an interesting listening. Kelsey Navarro did a great job with the narration. #AudiobookObsession

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Awesome RomCom

Title: The Game
Author: Sylvia Stewart
Format: Audio
Narrator: Kelsey Navarro
Genre: Romance Sports (Baseball), Comedy
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Book 4 of The Carolina Connections
POV: Emerson and Gavin
Steam Level: Slow Burn to toasty
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What a cute romcom!! I loved the characters and I want to go back and read the first three books in this series. The Game was an absolute blast with memorable characters, a ton of giggles and was a joy to read. I'll definitely be reading more Sylvie Stewart in the future.

I received this audiobook for free. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Cute story

A cute story. Funny and entertaining although it seemed to be a little lengthy at times. Good narration.

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Fun and Steamy Romance!

I had so much fun listening to this sweet, engaging, and steamy romance. Gavin is the famous hometown boy who was on the fast track to playing ball in the big leagues. His future was turned upside down after a tragic accident. Now he is finding a new path and is working hard to reach his goals. One of those goals is to convince a smart sexy Emerson to go out with him. Emerson is focused on making partner at the law firm where she works and being available for her teen brother who lives with her. He is a talented pitcher who Gavin would like to help train. Emerson has never met anyone who could make her feel the way Gavin does. They are from different worlds and she is torn between the charming, fun, sexy man and the image she is pressured to uphold. Gavin was so loveable, and swoony as he continued to prove that he was more than his mistakes. It was a joy to watch the sweet and caring Emerson realize that she could be happy and successful. Gavin and Emerson were so cute together, I really cared for them and cheered for their HEA. I loved all their friends and family who added so much hilarity, encouragement, and support. This is my first listen to Kelsey Navarro, and I really enjoyed her performance. She was so perfect as Emerson, but her other voices were distinct and dynamic as well. She was very easy to listen to, making this funny, quirky, heartfelt romance even more fun and exciting.

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Laughter and Fun in this Romance

I received this audiobook free, as an Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, for an honest review. This fun and laughter this book brought me, as well as the romantic story is such an outstanding talent by the author. Looking forward to more books by this author in this series. Although this book is the 4th in the series, it is a stand alone HEA. The narrator did a good job with the characters and their personalities in this story.

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Holy Mercury!

What a cute story! Took me a while to see these two as being able to go the distance and then I felt guilty as I figured out the moral in all that.

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Home Run!

Sylvie Stewart hit it out of the park with “The Game” audiobook. I know that’s a bit cheesy to say about a book centered around baseball but it is so true. This is the story of Gavin, a former Major League Baseball prospect turned coach, and Emerson, a corporate lawyer acting as her brother, J’s, legal guardian. Besides having overwhelming physical attraction for each other, at first glance, they aren’t what anyone would call a perfect match. Almost from the beginning though, Gavin was fully focused on pursuing a relationship with “Emmy” and I was fully invested in his pursuit and her reactions to him. Even though I really enjoyed meeting Gavin in “The Fix” audiobook, nothing prepared me for what a great guy he turned out to be in this one. I was once again enjoying my commute to work and sitting in my driveway waiting for a “good” stopping point. I can’t wait to start another one!

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Ok

I enjoyed it but the story dragged in the beginning and it got interesting further down. But other than that the characters were okay. Yes it was romantic and comedy included. But the dragging of the story in the beginning to me killed it. The narrator did a good job to help it.

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  • Angiee
  • 01-05-20

Great Listen

I enjoyed Emerson and Gavin's story., they are opposites that are perfect for each other. Gavin knows what he wants and that is Emerson. She is a little determined and focused so it takes her a while to realize how great they are together. This book has it all laughter, drama and a happily ever after.

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  • melinda swaine
  • 12-31-19

Go get transported to a new place!

The type of book where you step through the pages and are transported to a new place....loved, loved, loved it! The romance is hot, steamy and sexy at the same time. My favourite book so far in the “Carolina Connections”. Also Gavin is a top notch book boyfriend material you don’t want to miss out on!! A five star listen that will make your year!! “Sylvie Stewart” is one of my favourite authors and this story simply cements her spot at the top of my must-buy list, so what are you waiting for, go grab your copy today and start listening. Happy listening!!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-23-19

Emmy & Gavin!

Do opposites really attract? Give this book a listen and you will see they do! Gavin was an up and coming baseball star when things went awry. Now with the ability to coach the most talented young players, he is scouting and sees Jay. He needs the permission of his guardian, and when he meets Emerson, the attraction is palpable. But "Emmy" is very career driven and does not have time to date. Can Gavin change her mind? Talk about a fun listen. Stewart continues her Carolina Connections series with a witty, romantic story. I love how these two play off of each other, be it in texting or in person. They are on fire with the slow burn and the constant bantering. The foreplay is evident in their banter and it leads to explosive chemistry. I also love the secondary plot of Emmy and her father. It's very realistic giving us a true look at the pressure she puts herself under. This is a fantastic listen, and I highly recommend it.

Kelsey Navarro gives an amazing performance of this story. Her abilities only continue to grow, and I love her. She has incredible comedic timing and the books she chooses show the real connection she finds with her characters. Another wonderful performance!

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 12-14-19

Good storyline

Very enjoyable book right here. I laughed quite a lot throughout this one. Written well and a great performance from Kelsey.
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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 11-30-19

Cute story, Well rounded with laughs

Gavin is a baseball player who lost his baseball career during on fateful night riding a motorcycle. Emerson is a lawyer who is all about her career. But her brother is a 15 year old baseball prodigy and Gavin is his coach. Sparks fly from their first meet but Emerson fights against the attraction because of work and also, because she feels like Gavin is too young for her (there’s only a few years difference).

There are a few chuckles and a really sweet romance between Gavin and Emerson. What also helped is that her friend, Ari, is awesome- I love funny friends. There's a bit of intrigue as I tried to figure out how her work dynamics fit into the story. So overall, it as a well crafted, well rounded story that kept my attention and, since this is the second book I’ve read from this author and truly enjoyed, I’ll be reading many more from this author.

Since it’s dual POV, it would have been great to have male and female narrators. It sometimes took me a while to figure out who was being covered by the narrator if I had to stop and come back to the book. However, overall, Kelsey Navarro did pretty well as she always does.

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